Michigan has targeted cornerbacks with size and length in the last several recruiting classes, and in the 2019 class, the Wolverines offered a prospect in that mold this week in St. Charles (Ill.) North’s Tyler Nubin, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound cover man who has risen quickly in the winter months.
Nubin attended January’s U.S. Army All-American Combine and at that time, only held three scholarship offers, none from Power Five programs. An eye-opening showing at that event was followed by nine offers in January and February. It seemed like a fast process, but really, it had been nearly two years of work that got him there.
“Working back to two years ago when Tyler was a sophomore, he started for us at corner and you could tell he had a great feel for the game,” North head coach Robert Pomazak said. “That year, I think he had seven or eight interceptions. This past year, they kind of stopped throwing his way, so his numbers were not as gaudy as his sophomore year, but where he improved was his ability to tackle. Tyler got bigger, he worked really diligently in the weight room, and his ability to get off blocks and set the edge set him apart, and I think that’s what coaches started to see on film. This kid’s 6-foot-2, he’s 185 pounds, he can move, can go get the ball, and he can hit.”
After that sophomore season, Nubin and his parents sat down with Pomazak. Nubin expressed his interest in playing college football and Pomazak let him know that if that is what he wanted to do, he had to live a little differently than the other students at the school. Nubin responded by working in the weight room. He worked in the classroom, where he is an excellent student.
His approach and demeanor have not changed even with all of the recent attention. He still handles his business the same way he always has.
“He has a really sound support system,” Pomazak said. “Mom and dad keep him grounded and do a great job managing all the offers coming in. For him, he has always appreciated when offers come in, but when the Big Ten started putting out offers, it took him to a different mindset. It has always been a dream of his to play Big Ten football and you never know if you’ll be fortunate enough to get the opportunity.
“When he got his first Big Ten offer from Purdue, his eyes opened up a little bit and from there, he pinned his ears back. He’s a great student, first and foremost, that’s why he has these offers – academically, he kills it. Then athletically, his ceiling is so high. That’s why these Power Five schools are offering. Not many kids check all the boxes the way Tyler does.”
Michigan had Nubin up for last year’s spring game, and he is set to return March 17 for a junior day and spring practice.
"Obviously it's a great program, amazing school, so that’s a big plus," Nubin told 247Sports Director of Recruiting Steve Wiltfong. "That type of education getting paid for is really exciting."
Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa State, Kentucky and others have offered. More are likely on their way, but Michigan appears positioned to be a top contender in the race.
If the Wolverines land him, Pomazak is certain they will be getting a great talent on the field, but just as good of a kid off of it.
“Away from the lights, he is a character-first kid,” Pomazak said. “He is a ‘yes sir, no sir’ kid, he looks you straight in the eyes and shakes your hand. He brings a positive energy to everything he does. One feedback I’ve gotten from coaches is that he’s very in the moment. He is able to carry on a conversation. He is the type of young man that is diligent, aware of his surroundings, and every decision he makes is one that helps him get to where he wants to go.”
IN-STATE CORNERBACK OFFERED BY MICHIGAN
Farmington Hills Harrison cornerback Roderick Heard was offered a scholarship by the Wolverines on Monday.
The 5-foot-10.5, 170-pound Heard will visit Michigan in March when the team opens spring practice.
As a junior, Heard helped Harrison reach the state title game and was an all-state selection after rushing for 1,542 yards and 26 touchdowns on offense while breaking up nine passes and returning an interception for a touchdown on defense.
Heard has been on a recent run of offers that included new opportunities from Indiana and Cincinnati last weekend.
HIGHLY REGARDED TIGHT END OFFERED, WILL VISIT
Michigan offered a scholarship to Greenwood (S.C.) Emerald tight end Luke Deal, a top 20 national prospect at his position, per the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Deal (6-5, 230 pounds) has set an official visit to Michigan for April 13, notable because this is the first year junior prospects can take official visits in the spring.
Notre Dame, Clemson, Georgia, Auburn, Florida and others have offered Deal.
Allen Trieu covers Midwest football recruiting for 247Sports. He has been featured on the Big Ten Network on its annual Signing Day Show. His Michigan and Michigan State recruiting columns appear weekly at detroitnews.com.